Winner of the 2014 Christian Book of the Year Award
“I’M TOO BUSY!” We’ve all heard it. We’ve all said it. All too often, busyness gets the best of us.
Just one look at our jam-packed schedules tells us how hard it can be to strike a well-reasoned balance between doing nothing and doing it all.
That’s why award-winning author and pastor Kevin DeYoung addresses the busyness problem head on in his newest book, Crazy Busy — and not with the typical arsenal of time management tips, but rather with the biblical tools we need to get to the source of the issue and pull the problem out by the roots.
Highly practical and super short, Crazy Busy will help you put an end to “busyness as usual.”
DeYoung (The Hole in our Holiness)is a smart guy, and he offers a refreshing (and refreshingly short) take on the plague of modern American life: the too-long to-do list and the overscheduled calendar that produce the frazzled response "busy" to the innocent question "How are you?" DeYoung doesn't offer time management but rather theology. God wants you to use your talents, but God is not nearly as big on the idolatry of self-importance that often motivates overcommitment. Some of this could well have been said in a sermon, which would have been even shorter. But DeYoung is clever ("If Jesus were alive today, he'd get more emails than any of us."), his analysis is well-organized, and he brings theological thinking without moralizing. If you are someone who checks your email before going to bed and as soon as you wake up, DeYoung has your number, and this is your book.
Quick, Enjoyable, & Caused Me to Think
Prior to this school year, the past four years were the busiest time in my life. I accepted a new job as a divisional principal, completed an M.Ed. in educational administration, moved to a new school building, moved to a couple new apartment complexes, adopted a third child, and tore my ACL for a second time. I read Kevin DeYoung's Crazy Busy in December when I wasn't feeling crazy busy, and it's the second book by Pastor DeYoung I've read. Once again I wasn't disappointed. I found Pastor DeYoung's award-winning book to be a quick and enjoyable read. Crazy Busy is less than 130 pages and is endorsed by numerous big Christian names, many of whom are authors and musicians that have blessed me. Although Crazy Busy didn't cause me to make radical changes in my life, it did cause me to rethink my priorities in life. I'm happy to say life doesn't feel crazy busy now, and I'm thankful our Father has given me this time to slow down and smell the roses. Below are the ten chapter titles.
1. Hello, My Name Is Busy
2. Here, There, and Gone: Three Dangers to Avoid
3. The Killer P's - Diagnosis #1: You Are Beset with Many Manifestations of Pride
4. The Terror of Total Obligation - Diagnosis #2: You Are Trying to Do What God Does Not Expect You to Do
5. Mission Creep - Diagnosis #3: You Can't Serve Others without Setting Priorities
6. A Cruel Kindergarchy - Diagnosis #4: You Need to Stop Freaking Out about Your Kids
7. Deep Calls to Deep - Diagnosis #5: You Are Letting the Screen Strangle Your Soul
8. Rhythm and Blues - Diagnosis #6: You'd Better Rest Yourself before You Wreck Yourself
9. Embracing the Burdens of Busyness - Diagnosis #7: You Suffer More because You Don't Expect to Suffer at All
10. The One Thing You Must Do
He must increase, but I must decrease. John 3:30
Kevin does a great job identifying heart issues behind busyness and then leads the reader to Jesus...our only true Hope.
A quick read but left something to be desired
I could not relate to the crazy busy, overwhelmed, introspective, burned out picture the author painted. Most people with a relationship with the Lord and common sense should not find themselves even close to this. The last chapter was wonderful, though: "keep God first place, keep the Holy Spirit there all the time and welcome him. Follow peace" eyes on Jesus not on self"
I would say spend the time that would've been taken reading this book in the New Testament and prayer - far better results will follow!